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Waterbird Count Larnaca 18th May 2017

There seemed to have been a clear out of birds overnight and there were less around than yesterday but still some migrants around including a Broad-billed Sandpiper on the Salt Lake. Other birds included:

Larnaca Sewage Works
Grey Heron 2
Little Tern 7
Yellow-legged Gull 1
Black-crowned Night Heron 1 along coast being mobbed by Hooded Crow
Ruff 5
Little Stint 3
Common Sandpiper 1
Mallard 18 plus 1 female with 10 ducklings
Little Grebe 6
Common Coot 11
Sand Martin 20+
Barn Swallow 200+
Common Swift 50+
Northern House Martin 10+

Spiros Pool
Red-backed Shrike 1m
Greater Short-toed Lark 2

Larnaca Salt Lake
Little Owl 1
Eurasian Thick-knees (Stone Curlew) 1 h
Spur-winged Lapwing 16
Wood Sandpiper 5
Broad-billed Sandpiper 1
Little Stint 22
Temminck’s Stint 1
Glossy Ibis 8
Curlew Sandpiper 2
Ruff 9
Squacco Heron 1 (see photos)
Black-crowned Night Heron 2 over road near Airport

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Caspian Terns, Larnaca 14th May 2017

Two Caspian Tern flew over Larnaca Sewage Works pools while I was there this morning. They only stayed about five minutes but I was lucky enough to get a few photos.

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Akamas today 10th May 2017

Seen in the Akamas area today were:

European Golden Oriole 1m seen and heard
European Bee-eater 2
Eurasian Blackcap 1m subsong

Black-headed Bunting 2m
Bonelli’s Eagle 2 ad
Cyprus Warbler 1m
Peregrine Falcon 1
European Roller 4
Great Spotted Cuckoo 1
Little Owl 1
Red-backed Shrike 1m
Woodchat Shrike 1

European Roller 1

Droushia to Pittokopos Road
Black-headed Bunting 1m

Pittokopos to Androlikou Road
Black-headed Bunting 1m
European Roller 2

European Roller 4
Common Hoopoe 1
Red-backed Shrike 1m
Woodchat Shrike 1

Squacco Heron 1 on breakwater

Neo Horio/Smygies
European Roller 2
Black-headed Bunting 1m
Red-backed Shrike 1f
Cretzschmar’s Bunting 2 bathing in stream
Thrush Nightingale feeding near stream
Common Redstart 1f bathing in stream
European Bee-eater 50+ see photo

Cretzschmar's Bunting, Agios Minas 10th May 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Cretzschmar’s Bunting, Agios Minas 10th May 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

European Bee-eater, Latchi 10th May 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

European Bee-eater, Latchi 10th May 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Red-backed Shrike, Arodes 10th May 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Red-backed Shrike, Arodes 10th May 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

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Spotted Flycatcher, Cape Greco 3rd May 2017

Spotted Flycatcher, Cape Greco 3rd May 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Spotted Flycatcher, Cape Greco 3rd May 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Couldn’t find the Desert Finch again at Cape Greco this afternoon but did find a few late migrants – several Spotted Flycatcher, three Woodchat Shrike, a Northern Wheatear and a few European Bee-eater. There were many Spectacled Warbler families as well as two singing male Black-headed Bunting on territory and at least one pair of Cyprus Wheatear.

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Akrotiri 2nd May 2017

A great day’s birding around Akrotiri with some good birds at Zakaki, Lady’s Mile, the Salt Lake and Phasouri.

Sightings included:

Zakaki Marsh 8.45am
Little Bittern 1f seen at least one other heard
Black-crowned Night Heron 1 juv and 1 ad
Water Rail 1 seen
European Bee-eater 40+ heading N at 17.30

Lady’s Mile
Curlew Sandpiper 12
Little Ringed Plover 2
Litttle Tern 4
Common Greenshank 1
Common Cuckoo 1
Ruff 90+
Little Stint 30+
Red-footed Falcon 1m (in morning)
Bar-tailed Godwit 1 (in afternoon)
Black-winged Stilt 2
Great White Egret 2 over
Akrotiri Salt Lake and Zakaki run off
Ruff c300+
Kentish Plover c25
Little Stint 50+
Common Ringed Plover 4
Black-winged Stilt 30+
Little Tern 3
White-winged Tern 17
Broad-billed Sandpiper 5
Greater Flamingo 200+
Red-throated Pipit h
Western Marsh Harrier 1
Bar-tailed Godwit 1 flying over am

Akrotiri Gravel Pits
Spotted Flycatcher 1
European Turtle Dove 1h
Eurasian Pied Flycatcher 1m and 1f
Common Whitethroat 1
Common Redstart 1m
Wood Sandpiper 1

Phasouri Reed Beds
Squacco Heron 1
Ruff 20+
Western Marsh Harrier 1
Glossy Ibis 9
Woodchat Shrike 1
Wood Sandpiper 5

Phasouri Bee-hives area
Eurasian Bittern 1 walking by side of road and creeping in vegetation feeding.

Entrance to Bishops Pool pm
European Bee-eatear 20+

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Record shots of male Desert Finch at Cape Greco this morning 30th April 2017

A male and a female were found by visiting UK birder Nick Antcliff and luckily I was in the area at the same time and quickly relocated them. Sun all wrong and its ‘a bird on a wire’ but you can still see what it is

Probably same as found on 18th April by Norweigian birder Eric Roualet. Another reported Apostolos Andreas early in the month was the first record for Cyprus.

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Waterbird Count Larnaca area 25th April 2017

Other commitments meant that I was a bit late doing the monthly waterbird count for April but luck was on my side in doing it today as I also checked for the Bar-tailed Lark that had been seen in the area near the Sewage Works yesterday. Having failed to see it yesterday I wasn’t very hopeful but not only did I see it but also found a female Hooded Wheatear close by!

Other sightings included:

Larnaca Sewage Works area (pools and surrounds in front and down to sea)
Bar-tailed Lark 1
Hooded Wheatear 1f
Spur-winged Lapwing 16 (see photo)
Yellow Wagtail 3
White-winged Tern 1
Common Sandpiper 3
Black-winged Stilt 8
Wood Sandpiper 2
Ruff 14
Northern Shoveler 2m
Little Stint 6
Sand Martin 1
Semi-collared Flycatcher 1f
Collared Flycatcher 1f

Larnaca Airport Pools North
Red-necked Phalarope 3
Black-winged Stilt 12
Slender-billed Gull 12
Black-headed Gull 1 breeding plumage
Ruff 45
Spotted Redshank 1 near full breeding plumage
Common Greenshank 3
Marsh Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper 1
Dunlin 2
Little Stint 45
Kentish Plover 2
Greater Flamingo 3

Larnaca Salt Lake
Great White Egret 1
Glossy Ibis 2
Long-legged Buzzard 1
Greater Flamingo 4
Spur-winged Lapwing 4
Little Stint 16
Ruff 60
Marsh Sandpiper 2
Little Ringed Plover 2

Spur-winged Lapwing, Larnaca Sewage Works, 25th April 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Spur-winged Lapwing, Larnaca Sewage Works, 25th April 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

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Mennogeia this morning 23rd April 2017

Did a Common Bird Monitoring survey transect this morning at Mennogeia where there were three Great Spotted Cuckoo harassing a pair of Eurasian Magpie. I also found a pair of Cyprus Warbler and two other singing males plus a European Roller. Two other European Rollers and a Long-legged Buzzard were at nearby Alaminos and near Cape Kiti I saw a Woodchat Shrike and a Whinchat.

Great Spotted Cuckoo, Mennogeia, 23rd April 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Great Spotted Cuckoo, Mennogeia, 23rd April 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

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8th to 15th April 2017

For the last week Jane from Cyprus Birding Tours has been leading a group from the UK based Birdwatching Breaks company around Cyprus. Some excellent birds were around and we were especially lucky to be a Cape Greco when another visiting birder found the sixth Bar-tailed Lark to be found in Cyprus and we had excellent views of it. More than 140 species were seen with the most notable being the endemic Cyprus Warbler and Cyprus Wheatear as well as the endemic sub-species, Masked and Woodchat Shrike, Cretzschmar’s and Ortolan Bunting, Spotted and Little Crake, Eurasian Griffon Vulture and Eleonora’s Falcon, Greater Sand Plover, Audouin’s Gull, a male Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush, a female Desert Wheatear, Red-footed Falcon and Lesser Kestrel, Ruppell’s, Subalpine, Eastern Orphean, Barred and Eastern Bonelli’s Warblers, Semi-collared, Collared and Pied Flycatcher, Calandra and Greater Short-toed Lark, Richard’s, Tawny and Red-throated Pipit, Caspian Tern and Scopoli’s Shearwater offshore, Pallid Harrier, Spur-winged Lapwing, Ferruginous Duck and Red-crested Pochard, Gull-billed Tern, Glossy Ibis, Yellow Wagtail and a female Citrine Wagtail, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Eurasian Stone Curlew, Black Francolin and Red Crossbill.

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Cyprus Bird Report 2015

The Cyprus Bird Report 2015 is now available.
The report contains 55 colour photos, the 2015 Systematic List of 301 observed species or recognised forms which was compiled from nearly 66,000 records, the 2015 Ringing report, papers on the first Lesser Flamingo in Cyprus, putting geolocators on Cyprus Wheatears, the BirdLife Cyprus 2015 monitoring programmes, the diet of Red-footed Falcons while in Anarita Park, and autumn bird numbers in Western Paphos. The Report includes species charts and tables and a full Cyprus bird List. The front cover features a male Bearded Reedling – one of a pair at Lower Ezousas in November 2015.
The Report will be sent automatically to those BirdLife Cyprus members whose subscription includes it. Extra copies can be purchased from